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Title:Newspaper framing of ethnic issues and conflict behaviour in Nigeria
Author:Adisa, Rasaq M.
Periodical:Journal of communication and media research (ISSN 2141-5277)
Geographic term:Nigeria
ethnic conflicts
Abstract:The impact of news framing on public opinion and behaviour has been the subject of many studies. However, its influence on conflict behaviour has remained elusive or has not been adequately examined and positioned. This study explores framing of ethnic issues and conflict behaviour in Nigeria. Findings reveal that in conflict behaviour structural factors such as poverty, domination, and inequality are important, but often the trigger for actual action can be traced to newspaper framing and ethnic group leaders' sedition. The study concludes that hostility and ethnic conflict in Nigeria is influenced by the media and the manipulation of some ethnic group leaders that profited from government failure. The authors recommend further examination of social media influence on conflict behaviour in light of its special characterisctics. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]